He'd been a man once; what was he now?

My offering in White Rabbit Tale's OC Exchange. A moment in the life of the fascinating OC, Rokuro Kujima, from her courageous epic, "Digging Up A Buried Path."

Tonight would be another job, another fight. His master's clipped steps approaching along the corridor told him as much.

But there was time yet—time to clean his blade, hone its edge; time for kata; time for prayers, prayers that, of late, were no more than his soul's groaning under its miserable burden, groaning to any passing spirit benevolent enough to listen as his life bled away in task after vile, obedient task.

A loyal servant, he mused. That had been his choice, the choice that had preserved his life.

He only hoped tonight's foe would be worthy for once.